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Tension in Nimbahera over damage of idol

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Udaipur : Tension prevailed once again in the Nimbahera town of Chittorgarh district on Wednesday noon where irate mob set ablaze tyres in various streets and forced shut down of shops after an idol was found damaged at Jawad Darwaza the previous night. Some miscreants had damaged the idol of Ghasbhavji (a local god) that sparked off tension among the followers. In January too, tension had led to clash between communities after some objectionable text went viral in the social media. However, on Wednesday, the police acted immediately and forces arrived to contain the situation and held out a march past to restore law & order in the area. Section 144 of CrPC which was imposed during panchayat elections, is still continuing, Collector Ved Prakash said. Two people have been taken in custody and some people have been detained for interrogation.

On Wednesday morning, group of persons came out on the streets demonstrating against miscreants who had vandalized an idol at an open place near Sindhi Dharamshala. An eye and surrounding portion of the idol had been damaged which infuriated some of the followers. Men in various groups came out agitating against the incident and demanded the shopkeepers to shut down their establishments. Fearing an unpleasant situation, the shops, banks etc were shut down and the busy streets wore an abandoned look. Agitators burnt tyres at Sabji mandi, Rajora gali, Shastri market etc while shouting slogans.

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Collector Ved Prakash and SP Prasanna Kumar and other senior officers too arrived at the spot to take stock of the situation. A complaint has been given by the Ghasbavji sthanak committee against few people for damaging idol and hurting religious sentiments. “ The situation is under control and none have been hurt. Section 144 that was imposed during panchayat elections, is still continuing, hence no fresh order need to be issued”, said the collector. The authorities along with legislator Srichand Kriplani held a meeting in the evening with the peace committee members to ensure peace in the area.

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